Revue de presse
'With superb research and telling quotations, Barr has skewered the whole shabby story...The convulsion of that fateful line in the sand are still being felt today - not only in the Middle East, but throughout the world' --Michael Binyon, The Times
'Racy... [Barr] is right to assert that few British readers grasp the ferocity of Anglo-French antagonism in the Levant' --Max Hastings, Sunday Times
Quatrième de couverture
'One of the unexpected responses to reading this masterful study is amazement at the efforts the British and French each put into undermining the other' The Spectator
In 1916 two men secretly agreed to divide the Middle East between them.
Sir Mark Sykes was a visionary politician; François Georges-Picot a diplomat with a grudge. They drew a line
in the sand from the Mediterranean to the Persian frontier, and together remade the map of the Middle
East, with Britain's 'mandates' of Palestine, Transjordan and Iraq, and France's in Lebanon and Syria. Over the next
thirty years a sordid tale of violence and clandestine political manoeuvring unfolded,
told here through a stellar cast of politicians, diplomats, spies and soldiers, including T. E. Lawrence, Winston
Churchill and Charles de Gaulle.
Using newly declassified papers from the British and French archives, James Barr vividly depicts the covert,
deadly war of intrigue and espionage between Britain and France to rule the Middle East, and reveals for the
first time the shocking way in which the French finally got their revenge.
'The very grubby coalface of foreign policy ... I found the entire book most horribly addictive' Independent
'He has scoured the diplomatic archives and has come up with a rich haul that brings his narrative to life' Financial Times